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Sharpening Academic Skills

Students learn to use fundamental academic skills on special  customized templates  

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  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Effectiveness
  • Math Reasoning
  • Scienctific Investigation
  • Literary Criticism
  • Developing a Personal World View Through Social Studies 

When reading is experienced using a special combination of resources and a dedicated mentor, the student develops a completely different outlook on their learning ability and potential.  This transformation actually affects their attitude toward other academic subjects.
 
Writing becomes more personal and a more effective process of communicating extremely valuable messages.
 
Science becomes more of an adventurous exploration.
 
Math text becomes easier to interpret.
 
Social Studies gains more context and relevance.
 
 
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MATHEMATICS
 
      Here is where students learn the real meaning behind mathematical expressions.  Students learn to understand their math vocabulary more clearly as they accumulate a math vocabulary list and paraphrase definitions. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The mentor also guides them in deciphering the syntax of the language in their textbooks.  This enables them to take concise and accurate notes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
They acquire a more effective understanding of the basic concepts, and as a result, learn to ask the appropriate questions for the task at hand.  They enter these questions in their inquiry box which is linked to a progress record. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
As they acquire more and more understanding they are able to form more accurate mental pictures of word problem scenarios.  They become more adept at employing formulas to real world problems so as to arrive at predictable, reasonable answers.  They do their exercises and work out their word problems on a separate template which enables them to decide what formula(s) apply and then do the problem in succinct steps.  They enter the specific equation(s), draw diagrams, enter notes, work out the computations, and enter their results, all in formatted and designated areas. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOCIAL STUDIES
 
As students memorize dates and historical events in their short term memory, these events become a mosaic collection without a meaningful chronology.  The events are remembered as incomplete and unrelated stories.  They lack the ability to describe history as a meaningful story of related events in specific economic and political context.
 
When students are given the opportunity to build their own timeline they wind up recreating that meaningful story in their own words.  They learn the fun of putting the pieces of the ongoing story of history together.  They learn to see how economics, politics, and spiritual developments have an affect on important events.  With a more effective understanding of history, they can much better appreciate their current events.  As students learn how important their potential contribution to society is, history and current events become more and more relevant.
 
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READING TEXTBOOKS
           We teach students how to preview their assigned chapters and how to arm themselves with the inquiry needed to gain effective understanding of the content.  They are given a variety of resources to research specific topics and vocabulary encountered in their texts.  Learning to take abbreviated, concise, and summarized notes enables a more effective review for mid-terms and end of grade tests.  Their satisfaction comes with the empowerment of being able to answer the questions at the end of the chapter without having to search and reread the corresponding sections for each question. 
READING LITERATURE
        Students learn to recognize a piece of literature as a literary event as they take into importance the author's political, economic, and spiritual influences. They locate their authors and works they want to study on an online literature timeline, read the work online, and then document the work in their own constructed timeline template.  Learning to make connections between the author's biography, the context of the work, and the features of the work lends students more interest and relevance in the work itself.  They learn to employ the inquiry that enables them to write book reports and literary criticisms .

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CCFLD Vocabulary Template
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A SEPARATE LIST FOR EACH SUBJECT

Math Notes from Text Reading
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CCFLD Math Worksheet
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CCFLD Timeline

SAMPLE OF STUDENT'S TIMELINE
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STUDENTS CONSTRUCT THEIR PERSONAL TIMELINE

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